The book by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith doesn't hit bookstores until April, but given the buzz, it's already a hit. (Yes, that is the cover to your right.)
Zombies is a slight reworking of the Austen original, offering the "lost chapters" of Pride and Prejudice that reveal Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy fell in love in the midst of a zombie attack. Evidence of the attack apparently survived even in the original novel, as Grahame-Smith points out: "Why else in the original should a regiment arrive on Lizzie Bennet's doorstep when they should have been off fighting Napoleon? It was to protect the family from an invasion of brain-eaters, obviously."
Obviously. Though I suspect the book will be more hype than original substance (85% of it is the original Pride, the rest is zombie), and I find the zombie obsession a bit wearing, I can't resist this concept. As a girl, I'm obligated to love Austen (I wept a little when I visited her house in Surrey), and as a film geek, I love gratuitous action and gore above all else. To see Elizabeth Bennet fighting zombies ninja style (for real -- Mr. Darcy teaches her how) means I can die a happy girl.